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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Pardon me if this comes off as anti-Swede or even a mangling of the French Canadian language, but bringing Peter Forsberg back to the NHL at this point of the season is a monumental faux pas.
The idea that any time prior to the NHL trading deadline of February 26 (the day NHL rosters are frozen) any team can sign him and inject him into their lineup is not just a bastardization of all that should be logical and decent in regards to NHL roster rules, but it also makes a mockery of the idea of team building and the value of playing a full NHL season.
From Terry Frei in the Denver Post, some quotes from Gary Bettman’s press conference in Denver yesterday:
On his impressions of the season so far: “The competitive balance is incredible. The races are exciting. The notion that every game counts and matters and is likely to have an implication in terms of who does and doesn’t make the playoffs and the seeding, I think is great for the fans.”
More on the schedule: “Our best attended games are our divisional games. Our next best-attended games as a general rule are our conference games. And while the numbers aren’t dramatically different, the least of the three are the interconference games.”
more comments from Bettman (bottom half of the post)
A few topics discussed at my NHL.com blog today.
I also ask who is the NHL MVP at this point of the season. You can respond at either location and make sure to include why you think your suggestion is deserving of the MVP award.
Calgary-based Dr. Arun Lakra has created a system to consider the questions: Who is scoring the clutch goals? And who is padding their stats with soft points?
We have created The Clutch Factor, a method by which the value of goals and assists may be objectively calculated and standardized.
By assessing the “Clutch Elements” which are at play on every goal, ranging from goal differential to manpower situation to opposition strength, and by analyzing every goal scored in the NHL 2007-08 season through the recent All-Star break, we have figured out who is, in fact, scoring clutch goals. And who is padding their stats with soft points.
more on who’s “clutch” this year in the NHL.
From David W. Unkle via Slam! Sports,
“Personally would I like to do it again, no,” said Pronger who also played games in Nagano and Turin. “Do I think it’s good for the NHL? I think it is but personally would I want to do it again? It’s a long way to go for a couple of games…for us this year it probably wasn’t the right move with the short summer…we weren’t the right team.”
Agreeing with Pronger is Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin.
“If you look at Anaheim and the struggles they went through when they came back home, you have to do it a different way,” said Sedin, who feels that the NHL should give teams more than a few days to acclimate to the time change.
via the Phoenix Coyotes:
The National Hockey League announced today that Phoenix Coyotes forward Peter Mueller has been named NHL Rookie of the Month for January.
Mueller led all rookies in scoring for the month with 6-8-14 in 14 games as the Coyotes surged to a 9-4-1 record in January.
From Darren Eliot at SI,
The puck-optional pursuit of punishing checks by these kind of players is the bane of the league because the notion of self-policing always enters the discussion when talk turns to repealing the instigator rule. The theory goes that if players weren’t fearful of getting the extra two-minutes for instigating a fight, Ruutu and Hollweg and players of that ilk would cease and desist if they knew they were going to be on the painful end of a pounding. I’m not so sure. Simon’s attacks didn’t back either guy off and what else can they do? They’re both one-dimensional in their play as well as the exception rather than the rule among NHL players.
No, allowing the instigation of fights because of the acts of a couple of wanton repeat offenders isn’t the answer. Stern suspensions will suffice. The longer the stretches that the league keeps these two thugs off the ice, the better.
From the CP via the Sporting News,
Pharmacy tycoon Daryl Katz is a step closer to buying the Edmonton Oilers.
The board of directors of the Edmonton Investment Group which owns the team has sent out a letter to shareholders with the recommendation that they accept their portions of the $200 million Katz has offered for the shares.
“The board has made a recommendation to our remaining shareholders to tender their shares,” Investors Group chairman Bill Butler said.
from Dan Pollard of TSN,
I’ve changed my tune. I think it’s time to set a standard suspension for hits from behind in the NHL. It can’t hurt.
In the latest incident New York Ranger forward Ryan Hollweg, the man who took a Chris Simon stick to the face a year ago, ran Montreal Canadien Sergei Kostitsyn.
There’s no irony that Hollweg was involved in the two incidents.
In case you missed the hit from Hollweg, you can view it here on KK...
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